Should I hit the panic button?

milliepops

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Bless her, wee anxious first time mummy. I think your approach sound absolutely perfect- and so the time wasting begins! They are both just beautiful
haha! yes. prepare to give up your life now for the next few months. I spent hour after hour hanging out with mine :p I was lucky my mare was very happy for us to handle foal from the moment she was born, hopefully Hermosa will come around before too long.
 

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haha! yes. prepare to give up your life now for the next few months. I spent hour after hour hanging out with mine :p I was lucky my mare was very happy for us to handle foal from the moment she was born, hopefully Hermosa will come around before too long.
I hope so. It probably isn't helpful that she was only halter broken herself in late February/early March. Before all this, you wouldn't know that as she has been very good, but I guess motherhood has made her easily revert to being a bit feral.
 

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I'm sure she will relax in a few days/couple of weeks. It's completely understandable that she has reverted to a more feral state of mind at this point, but her hormones will be raging less soon and she'll remember that you're alright. Your approach sounds great, so if you can do that most days (more on the days you have time!) they'll both be right as rain in no time. Also, he will naturally become very inquisitive so at some point she won't be able to stop him approaching you.
 

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I am going with grey. My father once told me you could tell the true colour of a horse from the muzzle, probably another old wive's/husband's tale though as all you colour specialist will tell me.

I am also going to say again, I had the same experience with my very young mare when she foaled, we just left them to it, visited regularly and one day they just both came up to say hallo and we were there. I remember insisting that my oh had to come that evening to photograph the change.
 

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I am going with grey. My father once told me you could tell the true colour of a horse from the muzzle, probably another old wive's/husband's tale though as all you colour specialist will tell me.

I am also going to say again, I had the same experience with my very young mare when she foaled, we just left them to it, visited regularly and one day they just both came up to say hallo and we were there. I remember insisting that my oh had to come that evening to photograph the

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If they do, they do.

She's a very foal proud and anxious mum. The plan today was for the vet to do the IGG test, but she is being tricky to approach, much less catch, and as the foal seems fine, we decided it would do more harm than good to force the issue. If she got traumatized by being lassoed and then her baby manhandled, we would spend the rest of our lives chasing horses around a field. Thought it was more important to get her comfortable with us being around her and the foal. So that's what we did. After 30 minutes, she let me walk up to her and stroke her. She let me put the headcollar on after about 45 minutes. I spent another two hours hanging out with her, scratching her itchy spots, taking headcollar on and off. She wasn't keen on me touching Caso -- she would position herself between me and baby if he got too close.

Rinse and repeat tomorrow.

Any guesses on what colour he'll be?

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sooo gorgeous...she’ll gain confidence with people around him soon enough...

Where did you get Hermosa’s headcollar from CI?
Looks idea for a fast slip-on ...faffing with buckles/rope ties does my head-in in certain situations.
 

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Better today. She let me approach (Lickit at the ready) without the half hour of chasing her around, and I got the headcollar on straightaway. Baby still quite wary, but I managed to stroke his hindquarters. He was thinking about coming up for a sniff.

Led her around a little. Didn't push that. She seemed to find it difficult to get her head around the idea that she can be led by a human and keep track of her baby.

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Oh, well. At least she can move. So she has that going for her.

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If you are really think of selling him I suspect you'll have quite a few people here interested. He's stunning. I suspect he'll be with you for a long time but please consider all of your options. He's not something you'll have any difficulty in re-homing. I suspect his value won't change significantly between 6mths and 2 yrs so please take all the time you need to decide what works for you.
 

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YO said that she may not be able to accommodate the horses when the yard switches to winter turn-out arrangements in October/November. I said we had nowhere to go, which we don't, unless they go somewhere over an hour away. She agreed that wasn't ideal and she would think about options. Hopefully she'll come up with something. I get it. Livery yards are not really designed to accommodate mares with foals at foot.

I'm so tired of fighting. Seriously tempted to sell Hermosa, with foal at foot. Start again. There are other nice horses out there.

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YO said that she may not be able to accommodate the horses when the yard switches to winter turn-out arrangements in October/November. I said we had nowhere to go, which we don't, unless they go somewhere over an hour away. She agreed that wasn't ideal and she would think about options. Hopefully she'll come up with something. I get it. Livery yards are not really designed to accommodate mares with foals at foot.

I'm so tired of fighting. Seriously tempted to sell Hermosa, with foal at foot. Start again. There are other nice horses out there.

Here's a couple photo View attachment 73568 from today.
Do you have any studs near you? Some will take mares and foals on livery with their own herds
 
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